Before going to Iran, I had a list of things that I was looking forward to doing/eating. One of them was to eat my favorite winter street food, laboo, beets.
Scattered around Tehran, you can find these little stands that sell both laboo and bāghāli, fava beans. I particularly love the way the beets are stacked on top of one another.
If you love beets as much as I do, they are hard to resist when you're walking down the street on a cold winter afternoon.They are cut up for you so you can eat them on the go. The fava beans are usually sprinkled with vinegar and golpar, angelica powder.
Just like English, laboo is also used in Persian to describe when a person blushes. For example, I was so embarrassed, my cheeks turned red mesle laboo, like beets.
Until the next time I can get my hands on the real deal, I'll settle for the laboo I cook myself, or sometimes ever so lazily eat out of the can.